Ripple, the provider of financial settlement solutions, announced on Friday (Sept. 23) a number of global banks joining forces to create the first interbank group for global payments based on distributed ledger technology.
According to a press release, Ripple said Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Santander, UniCredit, Standard Chartered, Westpac Banking Corporation and Royal Bank of Canada are the founding members of the organization, known as the Global Payments Steering Group (GPSG).
Ripple said the GPSG will oversee the creation and maintenance of Ripple payment transaction rules, formalized standards for activity using Ripple and other actions to support the implementation of Ripple payment capabilities. CIBC will also join the GPSG as a new member.
“The creation of GPSG is significant because this represents the first time that major banks have formulated policies to govern the transfer of money across borders using blockchain,” said Donald Donahue, chairman of GPSG and former president and CEO of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), in the press release. “I’m very excited to be a part of this group of forward-looking leaders who are building the payments network of the future today.”
Ripple said the banks are working with it in an effort to significantly reduce the time and cost of settlement, while enabling new types of high-volume, low-value global transactions. By coming together to form the GPSG, they are laying the foundation for a modern payments network underpinned by Ripple’s solutions and supported by rules and governance for global settlement, it said.
“Today, people expect money to move at the speed of the internet. That’s why we’re working with these top banks to address the need for faster cross-border payments,” said Ripple CEO and Cofounder Chris Larsen in the same press release. “The work of GPSG, a new global interbank network, will give financial institutions and their customers the ability to make new types of payments at mass scale.”